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“Perfect Park” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Balboa Park

Balboa Park
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-0512
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San Diego City Tour
Ranked #15 of 327 Activities in San Diego
Type: Playgrounds, Gardens, Parks, Sightseeing Tours
Activities: Biking, City walk sightseeing, Walking, Viewing wildlife, Getting married
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this bucolic paradise is packed with an array of attractions, including the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
Los Angeles, California
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“Perfect Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

It's your perfect park that has a little bit of everything. From open fields, car shows, museums, zoos, and local vendors, it has a a huge variety of things to see and do. It's nice because you can visit multiple times and it never gets old.

My husband and I love the park so much, we took our engagement photos here. In fact, everyone and their mom takes their engagement or special photos there! With such a wide variety of backgrounds and beautiful scenery, a lot of visitors come for events and to chill in the park.

Parking is free, it's very spreadout, so bring your walking shoes!

Visited February 2012
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“photographers dream destination in San Diego both day and night are a must.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The architecture is old Spanish style and a pleasant place to stroll, beautifully decorated at Christmas. There is also a beautiful Rose garden as well as a large Cactus desert garden. Lots of Fountains and a old world feel.

Visited December 2012
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Julian
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“too many things, too little time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

there are so many reasons to visit the park ..... the famous Zoo, many museums, the Space theatre, Spanish Village, several food choices, the architecture, gardens, or, just sitting on the lawn watching the world go by... Balboa park is a nice respite from the busy city surrounding it...

Visited August 2012
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“What a great monument to civic pride”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The buildings in this park were originally built as temporary facades for a world's fair, but after the fair, the citizens of San Diego vowed to make them real. They still look sort of fake, but real they are, and they are full of local civic events. Dances, puppet shows, concerts, you name it.

The green space is very nice, but not outstanding.

Visited January 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Fun pastime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My wife and I go here at least a couple times a year and love it. Best place for photos in San Diego!

Visited March 2012
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